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Terms not defined elsewhere in this policy are defined below.

  1. Accused means any Student member of the RIT Community alleged to have engaged in conduct in violation of the Student Code.

  2. Business Day means Monday through Friday and does not include official RIT holidays.

  3. Code of Conduct means RIT's Student Code of Conduct.

  4. Complaint means the written charges filed against a Student or Student Organization by a Student Conduct Officer for alleged violation(s) of the Student Code. Complaints may only be filed by a Student Conduct Officer.

  5. Complainant means RIT. In the conduct process, RIT brings the charge. 

  6. Report of Misconduct means any allegation of a violation of the Student Code. Anyone may file a Report of Misconduct against a Student or Student Organization.

  7. RIT Community means RIT administrators, faculty, staff, Students and Student organizations.

  8. Responses for Code of Conduct Violations means all assigned statuses and conditions to hold Students accountable and to support Student reflection and learning from their behaviors.

  9. Student means undergraduate, graduate, non-degree seeking, students in not-for-credit programs, and all persons taking courses or training at RIT as well as Students on co-op and Students not officially enrolled during a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the university.

  10. Student Organization means any RIT recognized student group including fraternities and sororities, athletic teams, clubs, or other student groups on campus.

  11. Student Conduct Officer or Conduct Officer means any trained administrator designated by the director of the Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution who is authorized to conduct hearings and to impose the full range of university statuses and conditions. Center for Residence Life professional staff members have the authority to hear cases, and can impose the full range of university statuses and conditions, excluding removal from housing and separation from the university.

  12. Student Conduct Appeals Coordinator or Appeals Coordinator means a trained staff member who works with Students interested in appealing decisions of student conduct hearings. The Student Conduct Appeals Coordinator will act as a resource for the Student as they begin the appeal process, and will provide information about the RIT appeals process.

  13. Appeals Liaison means a staff member who works with students to help them prepare for the appeal process.